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Old 17-05-2021, 11:15 AM
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NGC 5128 Centaurus A with 2600MC

Captured NGC 5128 Centaurus A Galaxy after Sombrero on the same night but in the early hours, finished up at 3.00am
South Coast NSW Bortle 3
Great seeing conditions
NexDome Obs
8Ē f5 GSO newt
Skywatcher EQ6-R mount
ZWOASI2600MC set in Ascom to Highest Dynamic Range, Gain 0 cooled to -15C
42 x 4 minute dithered guided subs
Goto and Nav EQMOD and Stellarium
Frame focus and capture APT
PHD2 Multistar guiding 0.65 arc sec total
Stacked in DSS
Processed in Startools V1.7 OSC linear data set

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Old 17-05-2021, 11:40 AM
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Overall, looks pretty good Martin, how can we ever get sick of that amazing dust lane, huh? Nice colours and detail

As feedback, it looks a tad clipped ? ie the halo-background transition is abruptly black on my monitor, should be more gradual.

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Old 18-05-2021, 10:05 PM
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Real good details in there Martin, rich colours going on, any more might of tipped the edge, soo nicely controlled on the saturating or what have you.

I also thought the Halo was suppressed a bit as well, but the image is clean, smooth and sharp in all the right places, top stuff
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Old 19-05-2021, 05:03 AM
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It is beautiful image.
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Old 19-05-2021, 07:03 AM
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Real good details in there Martin, rich colours going on, any more might of tipped the edge, soo nicely controlled on the saturating or what have you.

I also thought the Halo was suppressed a bit as well, but the image is clean, smooth and sharp in all the right places, top stuff
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The halo was suppressed on purpose, I use the Contrast module to adjust the brightness and give the core more detail in the darker areas. Maybe a tad to strong with it just the same
Appreciate your comments
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Old 19-05-2021, 07:05 AM
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It is beautiful image.
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Thank you for your nice comment
Iím sure you enjoy using your 2600MC as well , a fantastic camera
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Old 22-05-2021, 09:11 AM
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great hamburger martin with plenty of detail in the fillings... on my to do list, but still working through the nebulae ;-)
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Old 24-05-2021, 08:47 AM
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great hamburger martin with plenty of detail in the fillings... on my to do list, but still working through the nebulae ;-)
Robert
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The fillings the best part especially if you get in nice and close with good resolution and contrast
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Hey Martin,
that's a very decent Cent A & great to see it posted on the main forum too.
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Old 28-05-2021, 09:00 AM
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Thanks mate
A little bit more focal length and aperture would have been nice, maybe a scope upgrade later in the year
Have you been imaging lately ? Havenít seen you on the forum for a while ?
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Old 28-05-2021, 11:03 AM
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A nice burger there Martin.

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Old 29-05-2021, 09:59 PM
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A nice burger there Martin.

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Greg,
Thanks for your support
So far since moving from beginner section ( nearly 4 years ) to deep space in January Iíve been humbled by the number of positive comments from everyone
Much appreciated
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Old 02-06-2021, 10:08 PM
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A little bit more focal length and aperture would have been nice, maybe a scope upgrade later in the year
Have you been imaging lately ? Havenít seen you on the forum for a while ?
Thanks again
Martin
Yes, still imaging Martin. I have a few unfinished projects that the weather & other commitments have gotten in the way of but I hope to get them posted soon.
I've started using Siril for processing which is looking promising, still in the learning curve though.
Your work has shown a marked improvement with your new camera Martin so well done mate.
Cheers for now & stay safe from the dreaded Covid thing,
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Old 06-06-2021, 10:39 AM
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Very nice Martin, you're doing some great work with that ASI2600.
I've recently become a 2600MC owner as well (and should hopefully have some images to show soon! )
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Old 06-06-2021, 11:52 AM
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Very nice Martin, you're doing some great work with that ASI2600.
I've recently become a 2600MC owner as well (and should hopefully have some images to show soon! )
Pete
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Appreciate you commenting and love this camera ( especially with an L Extreme filter on the end )
What scope will you be using your 2600MC

I donít want to alarm you but did you read my post in the Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment section
My 2600MC is on its way back to ZWO in China for a warranty clean up and check. The post explains everything
Hopefully you purchased yours recently ( January 2021 onwards ) as most of the problems with grease on the sensor ( world wide ) have occurred with cameras that are between 6 and 9 months old. ZWO have developed a procedure to clean the camera to minimise warranty returns I suspect but I decided to send mine back as itís their responsibility
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Old 06-06-2021, 01:58 PM
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Appreciate you commenting and love this camera ( especially with an L Extreme filter on the end )
What scope will you be using your 2600MC

I donít want to alarm you but did you read my post in the Astrophotography and Imaging Equipment section
My 2600MC is on its way back to ZWO in China for a warranty clean up and check. The post explains everything
Hopefully you purchased yours recently ( January 2021 onwards ) as most of the problems with grease on the sensor ( world wide ) have occurred with cameras that are between 6 and 9 months old. ZWO have developed a procedure to clean the camera to minimise warranty returns I suspect but I decided to send mine back as itís their responsibility
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Martin
Hi Martin - using mine with a Skywatcher 190mm Mak-Newt primarily.

Yes I read the thread (thanks for posting it too as it's great info).
I purchased my camera about the beginning of April from Testar who were the only ones locally with stock. Not sure how long they'd had them there but not long is my guess given how quickly this camera has been selling.

Hopefully yours will be sorted soon and you'll be back to imaging with it.
Cheers Pete
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Old 06-06-2021, 02:11 PM
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Hi Martin - using mine with a Skywatcher 190mm Mak-Newt primarily.

Yes I read the thread (thanks for posting it too as it's great info).
I purchased my camera about the beginning of April from Testar who were the only ones locally with stock. Not sure how long they'd had them there but not long is my guess given how quickly this camera has been selling.

Hopefully yours will be sorted soon and you'll be back to imaging with it.
Cheers Pete
Thanks Iím expecting 6 weeks but could be sooner. As long as itís cleaned and no more issues in the future
Nice scope there, your going to really be surprised how good this camera performs
Another tip , Iíve imaged with the camera set at highest dynamic range gain 0 and lowest read noise ( Ascom driver using APT ) and find under both dark skies and Bortle 8 heavy light pollution the camera works best at highest dynamic range. Try both yourself once your up and running.
Good luck
Martin
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Old 06-06-2021, 03:04 PM
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That has come out well Martin with a nice glowing orb around the galaxy and good colours in the core.
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Old 07-06-2021, 08:13 PM
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That has come out well Martin with a nice glowing orb around the galaxy and good colours in the core.
Rodney
Thanks for your nice comment
Unfortunately my 2600MC is on its way to ZWO in China for a warranty repair to clean silicon grease from the sensor
Very frustrating but looking forward to imaging a whole bunch of nebula in July onwards when itís back in the scope
Using my old Canon 600D as a back up camera ( better than nothing )
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